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Divide and Conquer (Part II)


Published 1943


Shows the German invasion of Denmark, Norway, Holland, Belgium and France, including the evacuation of the British forces at Dunkirk. From the "Why We Fight" series.


Run time 12:41
Producer U.S. War Department
Sponsor U.S. War Department
Audio/Visual Sd, B&W

Shotlist

Nazis bomb Holland; attack on Belgium; Nazis invade France. World War II.
Shows the German invasion of Denmark, Norway, Holland, Belgium and France, including the evacuation of the British forces at Dunkirk.


World War II
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Reviews

Reviewer: Zyada - - February 8, 2011
Subject: Tags
We should be able to add tags to these: my tags - Quisling, Maginot
Reviewer: L.Milne - - March 9, 2004
Subject: Divide and Conquer (Full version)
Genuinely fascinating, understandably simple overview of the early progress of WW2. We get to see some very interesting rare footage.
One notable point though: Why does a film produced by the US Government label all of Great Britain/the UK, as 'England', which is in fact only one constituent of the nation? I understand it is a common misconception over in America, but it seems strange to see it in a film produced by those with a presumably sound grasp on geography and politics. Another instance of over-simplification for the benefit of the 'Average Joe' in the cinema?

A further point i've also just noticed! Not all of the footage used genuinely comes from the events described. There's a few noticable and obvious incidents, but a good example is in part 1, where an old woman crosses herself whilst ostensibly looking at German bombers. This, interestingly, can also be found in earlier anti-Soviet propaganda, where the woman is seen observing the destruction of a church by the Red army. An intriguing footnote to a very intriguing historical document.
Reviewer: Spuzz - - April 21, 2003
Subject: Wow!
(Full Film) It's ironic that, in the first part of this movie, the narrator talks about how bad propaganda is, when all this is is a total mouthpiece as to how nasty the Germans are. This is an AMAZING film though, as it is a totally engrossing detailing of how Nazi Germany took over Europe in a heartbeat. Exciting battle footage, terse narration, and amazing graphics all add to this highly enjoyable presentation. Of course, it's all sad, but it's totally enrapturing. A must see!
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